A retired police detective believes 4 unsolved Queensland murders may have been dedicated by the identical man, convicted killer Vincent O’Dempsey.
O’Dempsey is at the moment serving life in jail for the triple homicide of Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters, who disappeared from their Highgate Hill house in 1974.
His 2017 trial heard he and his confederate Garry Dubois could have been motivated to kill Mrs McCulkin over fears she would attempt to implicate O’Dempsey within the 1973 firebombing of Brisbane’s Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub which killed 15 individuals.
O’Dempsey was accused by James Finch, who was convicted and sentenced over the mass homicide, as having been concerned.
His trial additionally heard he had boasted to a former girlfriend of getting killed 33 individuals.
Three years after the McCulkin murders, 17-year-old Daybreak Hillier was killed within the Gordon Park flat she shared along with her boyfriend.
She opened the door on the afternoon of August 16, 1977 and was raped, strangled and stabbed. Her killer was by no means caught.
Retired detective Sergeant Bruce Hodgins believes her homicide is the primary of a number of unsolved homicides that yr that might have been dedicated by O’Dempsey.
One month later, lower than 400 metres away, mom Simone Vogel disappeared from Kedron. Her physique was by no means discovered and he or she is presumed murdered.
O’Dempsey was identified to frequent Brisbane’s north and knew Simone Vogel. She had labored in brothels along with his spouse, Dianne.
Six days after Ms Vogel was killed, Maryborough financial institution supervisor William Moffat and his spouse Edith had been certain, gagged and shot lifeless inside their house.
Their murders additionally stay unsolved.
“It’s doable (O’Dempsey) was in these areas on the time,” Ret Sgt Hodgins stated.
“He’s definitely an individual of curiosity sure.” Across the time of those murders, O’Dempsey frolicked travelling between Brisbane, Gympie and North Queensland, after the delivery of his daughter in Townsville on August 2. Ret Sgt Hodgins has been probing the timing and geographical hyperlinks between O’Dempsey and these 4 unsolved instances.
“You wouldn’t discard (O’Dempsey) from any of those kinds of crimes in that period,” he stated.
He handed over his investigation leads eight weeks in the past when he retired from the police service.